Former UCLA basketball standout Don Barksdale will be honored posthumously at halftime today after UCLA tips off against Washington at 6 p.m. (ESPN), his No. 11 jersey joining nine others in the Pauley Pavilion rafters. Barksdale was the first African-American to be named an NCAA All-American (1947), the first to make an Olympic basketball team (1948) and the first to play in an NBA All-Star game (1953).
The 6-foot-6 forward/center played for the NBA’s Baltimore Bullets and Boston Celtics before ankle injuries cut his career short in 1955. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor last February, almost 19 years after he died of throat cancer at age 69.
Barksdale’s jersey retirement is the third this season, after Jamaal Wilkes’ No. 52 and Reggie Miller’s No. 31 were both unveiled last month.